COVID Pandemic Update 2022-23
Pandemic Update and the Return to Campus
While the COVID-19 pandemic has not entirely ended, we are in a very different phase than we were at the beginning of the past two school years. Widespread vaccination and previous infection have led to high levels of immunity against severe disease. We continue to be in contact with the Chester County Health Department and their schools' team, in addition to following updated recommendations from public health experts such as the CDC and CHoP. DVFriends will observe the following practices.
- Masking will remain optional for those who are asymptomatic and have had no known exposure to COVID-19.
- Vaccination remains optional but is strongly encouraged. We believe in the consensus among the scientific community that vaccination against COVID-19 is both safe and effective.
- Please do not send your student to school when they are sick. COVID-19 most often manifests like a cold or allergies. We strongly encourage the use of at-home rapid antigen or other FDA-approved tests to help identify COVID. Ruvna daily health screenings, however, will be discontinued.
- School-based antigen testing will still be available for those who first experience COVID-like symptoms on campus. Parental consent must be given for these tests to be administered by the school nurse or other approved individual. If you gave consent for your student to be tested last year, you do not need to give it again, and first-time consent can be given at this link for those under 18, using the code DVFS21.
- Those who test positive for or are exposed to someone with COVID-19 must follow CDC quarantine guidelines.
- Special distancing measures are no longer required.
- Parents and other visitors to campus will be allowed, so long as they are symptom-free and/or have met CDC quarantine protocols.
We will continue to keep up to date on the advice of public health experts as it relates to schools. While we cannot predict what new curve balls might come our way from evolving variants, DVFriends has rapidly and successfully adapted our practices as the pandemic has developed and we will continue to do so. Here are three recent resources that are helpful and succinct for those who would like to learn more about the guidance we are receiving from public health experts.
Here's What School Covid Policies Should Look Like This Year (New York Times)